2020 PYE School Board Emergency Forum

On Monday, January 13, Peterborough high-school students organized a public workshop to ask the school boards to declare a Climate Emergency and introduce more climate-change science into the curriculum. Sixty people were in attendance at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Frank St., including students, members of the school boards, teachers, parents, and others. The … Read more

Green New Deal Town Hall in Peterborough

On Thursday evening excited Peterborough-area voters joined other concerned Canadians from more than 150 communities across Canada holding town hall meetings on a Green New Deal to respond to the societal, economic and environmental disruption coming with the climate emergency. The Canadian Green New Deal, similar in principle to the one being discussed in the … Read more

Dianne Saxe Leaders Lunch in Peterborough

Community leaders from the economic, social, cultural, and environmental sectors attended a luncheon on May 9 entitled Leadership in a Time of Climate Crisis. It was sponsored by the mayor’s office, Peterborough Public Health, the warden of Peterborough County and For Our Grandchildren. It was hosted by Mayor Diane Therrien, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra and Deputy … Read more

A Primer on Climate Change for Peterborough

The Earth is surrounded by a thin layer of gases, held close to the Earth by gravity. The main gas causing climate change is carbon dioxide (CO2) even though it comprises only 0.04% of these gases, because its concentration is changing rapidly. The CO2 concentration is also often given as “parts per million” or ppm. It … Read more

Thank Doug Ford for more Ticks and Lyme Disease

As the climate warms with more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, diseases such as lyme disease (carried by deer ticks) and West Nile Virus (from mosquitoes) have entered Canada from the United States, so everything we do to reduce greenhouses gases reduces the increase in such diseases. Across Ontario, about 20% of greenhouse gases come … Read more

Canada must do its share on Carbon

Think of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions in terms of a leaky roof, with each country responsible for fixing its portion. Canada, with only 1/200th of the world’s population, has to fix only that little patch of roof. However, the average Canadian emits about 20 tonnes of GHGs per year, compared to 6.9 tonnes in … Read more

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